21 Hour Continuing Competency Package #2 | Michigan


This package contains:

  • 7 Hour Estimating and Bidding for Success
  • 4 Hour Building on Budget by Design
  • 4 Hour Drones in Construction
  • 3 Hour Mandatory Code – Law – Safety
  • 3 Hour Getting Decked:  And Choosing How That Happens 
  • Free Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades
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Estimating and Bidding for Success

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. Although this course will be beneficial to junior estimators just entering in this field, it  could also help architects, engineers and contractors become more familiar with how bids are prepared. The following material will explain the methods of construction delivery, different types of estimates, and the tools needed by the estimator to tender a bid. Being able to read and understand blueprints is also integral to the estimating process. Knowing how to apply and itemize costs for specific activities and materials, based on a set of plans and related professional resources, is key. The estimator who can visualize the project, and accurately determine its costs will become one of the most important persons in any construction company.


*Learning Objectives:  1) Recognize the features and advantages of at least five types of estimates. 2) Outline a properly constructed estimate that will encompass all the necessary components required for a successful and profitable project. 3) Identify the responsibilities of the bid team, and what bid day duties include. 4) Gain an understanding of the use of spreadsheets and/or software in structuring a bid program.

Types of Estimates

Methods of Estimating

1. General Contracts
2. Construction Management

3. Design Build

Types of Contracts

1. Negotiated
2. Unit Price

3. Time and Material

Types of Estimates

1. Conceptual
2. Budget

3. Assembly
4. Square Foot
5. Trade
6. Detailed Cost
7. Unit Price

The Bidding Process

Bid Documents

1.  Invitation to Bid
2.  Bid Form

3.  Project Manual
4.  Project Drawings
5.  Bid Bonds

The Bid Team

1. Owner’s Officer
2. Chief Estimator
3. Estimator’s Assistant
4. Subcontractor/Vendor Assistants

Pre-Bid Duties, Material Costs and Bid Day

Structuring the Bid Program

1. Identifying Work Scopes
2. Quantity Take-Off
3. Self Performed Work
4. Labor Costs
5. Project Overhead
6. Alternates
7. Sub/Vendor Quotes
8. Request for Information
9. Substitution Request
10. Common Sources for Error


Assessment – 20 Questions


*Learning Objectives: 1) Identify the various pages/drawings of a blueprint and recognize the symbols used. 2) Gain confidence in the ability to understand and accurately identify components of an architectural rendering. 3) Correctly formulate mathematical computations to measure materials required for a construction project. 4) Understand the need to be specific in all areas of plan reading.

Parts of a Blueprint

1.  Plans and Drawings
2.  Schedules

3.  Specifications

Reading the Plans

1.  Practice Questions

a. Linear feet
b. Cubic yards
c. Locations
d. Door assemblies
e. Exterior trim
f. Stairways

Assessment – 5 questions


*Learning Objectives:  1) Identify basic measurement standards and resources typically used in construction estimating. 2) Gain confidence in the ability to understand and accurately identify components of an architectural rendering. 3) Develop the skill required to apply production rates for varioius trades to reach an accurate estimate. 4) Understand the importance of structuring a bid that includes enough gross or clear profit to not only survive, but to prosper.

Estimating Self-Performed Work

1. Concrete
2. Masonry

3. Steel
4. Carpentry
5. Thermal and Moisture Protection
6. Doors and Windows
7. Finishes
8. Specialties
9. Making a Profit

Assessment – 20 Questions


Building on Budget by Design


Course Description

The benefit and importance of pursuing an efficient design and budget allows for the creation of comparable design per a client’s initial request, but ultimately accomplishing it with considerably less complexity, building materials, construction labor, and finally cost, achieving an efficient design resulting in greater value for the homeowner. Functionality, aesthetics, and methods of code compliance are each guided by financial investment and return.

This presentation will illustrate the basis for the Building on Budget by Design program, as well as numerous examples for the approach of integrating and understanding general incremental pricing at various points in the design development process for further design inspiration and guidance for the desired construction budget.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Be able to integrate design concepts with current codes and regulations.
  • Translate the intentions and goals of the customer into a safe and cost effective project.
  • Understand the process of securing the appropriate information that will help to develop a scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Be able to develop a building program that provides for less complexity and better price understanding through design adjustments.
  • Outline at least one design strategy based on site standards, code compliance, requested design and budget.
  • Utilize current materials and goods to ensure proper construction practices, all with an eye for budgetary constraints.

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1

1. Introduction
2. Industry Standards
3. Compromise vs. Solutions
4. Tangible vs. Non-Tangible Causes
5. Reducing Liability

Lesson 2

1. Example 1: Revised Elevation and Detailing
2. Over Design
3. Example 2: Addition Plans Requested
4. Understanding Client Needs
5. Example 3: Roof Complexity Averted
6. Alternative Designs

Lesson 3

1. Example 4: Value Engineering
2. SF Reductions
3. Redistribution of Capital

Lesson 4

1. Example 5: Value Engineering
2. Travel space
3. Example 6: Two-Story Post and Beam vs. Pre-Engineering Trusses
4. Savings Realized

Lesson 5

1. Example 7: New Log Home or Renovation?
2. Example 8: Remodel with Plan Adjustments in HVAC
3. Example 9: Square Foot Reductions using Modular Dimensions
4. Example 10: Roof Framing and Practical Design Solutions

Lesson 6

1. Example 11: Site Analysis and Re-Design
2. Example 12: Complexity Reduction for Greater Value

Lesson 7

1. Example 13: Smaller Footprint, Larger Home
2. Example 14: More Square Footage, Less Cost

Lesson 8

1. Example 15: Builder’s Home Plan Request
2. Angled plans
3. Material waste

Drones in Construction

4HR Online CE

Course Description

Drones are the new tool companies are raving about for their marketing and personal use. There are many potential uses for drones in the construction industry, but there are rules and regulations set in place that currently don’t allow them. So why should you care? Because you need to stay up to date with technology and ahead of the competition. This course is designed to familiarize business owners with the practical use of drone technology. The following topics will be discussed:

Types of UAV/Drone Technology

 Federal Rules and Regulations associated with UAVs

 Cost of Drones (Pros and Cons)

 Drones in your Industry (overview)

 Acquiring Images

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Become knowledgeable about available technology and proper use of drones.
  • Learn the basics of aerial survey and mapping.
  • Explain the FAA application process for an FAA 333 Exemption.
  • Learn the benefits of UAV application in marketing and advertising.



Overview (20 Minutes)

1. Introduction
2. Types
3. Overhead Imagery

Types of Drones (25 Minutes)

1. Large Platform
2. Most Popular
3. First Person View
4. Considerations

Federal Rules and Regulations (15 Minutes)

1. Drone Act
2. FAA 333 Exemption
3. Minimum Requirements
4. FAA Recommendations

Costs (20 Minutes)

1. More FAA Recommendations
2. How Drones can Help
3. Realistic Costs of Drones

Industry Uses (20 Minutes)

1. Agriculture
2. Utility
3. GIS
4.  Construction
5. Excavation
6. Pros and Cons

Surveying and Mapping (25 Minutes)

1. New Technology
2. Real Estate
3. Architects
4. Construction
5. Surveying
6. Placement of Materials
7. Site Access

Measuring and Scanning (15 Minutes)

1. Measuring Stockpiles
2. Roof Inspections
3. Thermal/Infra-red

Marketing and Advertising (15 Minutes)

1. Real Estate
2. Resort and Hotel
3. Banners
4. Brand Awareness

Security (25 Minutes)

1. FCC Rules on Jamming
2. Airport and Port Security
3. Event Protection
4. Prisons
5. Infrastructure
6. Heat/Thermal/Infra-Red

Acquiring Imagery (40 Minutes)

1. Locations
2. Still vs. Video
3. Hazards
4. Lighting
5. Shadows and Color
6. Buyers

Final Assessment: 20 Questions

3HR CE Renewal Course 

Course Description

This three-hour course is a review of the most recent code, law and safety changes in the Michigan construction industry. The first hour focuses on the 2015 Michigan Residential Code book and the latest changes. Next, the fundamental principles of contract law and the elements of a construction contract are explained. Finally, the last hour reviews OSHA regulations and the safety codes surrounding silica safety. This course satisfies the State of Michigan renewal requirement for residential builders and maintenance and alteration contractors.


Lesson 1

  • ICC
  • 2015 Michigan Code Book Basics

Lesson 2

  • MI Code Changes

Lesson 3

  • Chapters 1-11


Lesson 1

  • Skilled Trades Regulation Act
  • Residential Contract Elements

Lesson 2

  • Optional Elements
  • Damages Claims

Lesson 3

  • Michigan Labor Laws
  • Employee Misclassification


Lesson 1

  • Introduction to Silica
  • PEL Limits

Lesson 2

  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Respiratory Protection

Lesson 3

  • Respiratory Protection
  • Exposure Control Methods




Course Description

Despite our need for shelter from elements, we have always sought opportunity to get back into or close to nature. A large part of our effort to reunite with nature has revolved around creating outdoor spaces adjoining our houses. There, we can get outside to enjoy favorable climate conditions, at whatever time we choose.

These outdoor spaces go by many names and have manifested as lanais, porches, screened enclosures, patios, etc. The most common outdoor spaces, constructed and attached to homes in western cultures, are outdoor decks, balconies and patios. For the purposes of this course, we will explore options available to build decks, balconies, and structures that are usually supported at some point above grade.

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The evolving use of different materials to construct safe and usable outdoor surfaces
  • Strengths and weaknesses of each available outdoor surface option
  • New surfacing options that have been developed to overcome decking material limitations
  • How surfacing materials are being combined to minimize weaknesses and maximize strengths


Lesson 1

Decking / Balconies Made of Wood

  • Support Structures for Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Why Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Advantages of Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Issues with Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Installing Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Maintenance of Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Available Finishes for Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Surface Preparation

Lesson 2

Decking / Balconies Made of Wood cont.

  • Paint
  • Waxes
  • Oils
  • Single Application Deck Finish
  • Traditional Polymers
  • Stain, Sealer, and Stain / Sealer Combinations
  • Hard Wax Oils
  • Life Cycle Costs of Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Optimal Use for Wood Decks / Balconies
  • Limitations for Use of Wood Decks / Balconies

Lesson 3

Decking / Balconies Made of Man-made Materials

  • Support Structures for Decks / Balconies of Man-made Materials
  • Why Man-made Decking
  • Installation of Man-made Decking
  • Products Available in Man-made Decking
  • Extruded Vinyl Decking
  • Extruded Composite Decking
  • Issues with Man-made Decking
  • Life Cycle Costs of Man-made Decking
  • Maintenance of Man-made Decking
  • Optimal Use for Man-made Decking
  • Limitations for Use of Man-made Decking

Lesson 4

Decking / Balconies Made of Aluminum

  • Support Structures for Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Why Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Installing Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Advantages of Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Available Finishes for Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Issues with Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Life Cycle Costs of Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Maintenance of Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Optimal Use for Aluminum Decks / Balconies
  • Limitations for Use of Aluminum Decks / Balconies

Decking / Balconies Made of Concrete

  • Support Structures for Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Why Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Installing Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Advantages of Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Available Finishes for Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Issues with Concrete Decks / Balconies Life
  • Cycle Costs of Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Maintenance of Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Optimal Use for Concrete Decks / Balconies
  • Limitations for Use of Concrete Decks / Balconies

Lesson 6

Decking / Balconies Made of Porcelain?

  • Support Structures for Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Why Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Available Finishes for Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Installing Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Advantages of Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Issues with Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Life Cycle Costs of Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Maintenance of Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Optimal Use for Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Limitations for Use of Porcelain Decks / Balconies
  • Where Do We Go from Here?

Social Media Marketing for Construction Trades

Course Description

Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing from experts that work in both social media and the construction industry. Use these tools and tricks to upgrade your personal and professional profiles, drive leads, and increase business.

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